‘More than tricks’: Dancers raise cash for the sick

Kingaroy Dance Academy students have performed contemporary dances raising awareness of various cancers. Picture: CONTRIBUTED.

Performing for cancer survivors and their loved ones, Kingaroy dancers have moved audiences to tears with their creative routines.

Kingaroy Dance Academy principal Kirsten Canniford said once students received a topic about different types of cancers, they completed research and then learnt a routine expressing the emotion through movements that corresponded to their research.

She said at the start of the month, the contemporary class performed their routine in Chinchilla at Southern Star Academy of Dance’s Winter Recital.

“I believe dance is more than just movements, fancy costumes and tricks. It can help convey a meaningful story or an important message, which is exactly what our dancers did,” she said.

“Not only were our dancers able to dedicate their routine to those affected by cancer, they also learnt from the experience.

“They found out about different charities that helped those suffering from cancer, helped spread awareness and helped raise funds for charity.

“Cancer is a cruel disease that statically affects many people, and we are proud to have been a small part in helping those affected.”

The Academy also raised funds as part of Ronald McDonald House’s event ‘Dance for Sick Kids’ last month.

This money went towards helping seriously ill or injured children and their families by providing a home-away-from-home at Ronald McDonald House while they receive critical care and treatment.